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100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists of 2018

The challenges faced by law firms are a fun-house mirror of a first-world problem. Yes, there are children crying on the border, but what about profits per partner?

Got that. But if private law practice – or profit practice, as U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades played by Paul Giamatti in “Billions” calls it – is your calling, it’s a little tough right now. The stratification between the haves and the have nots of private law practice is widening with the rich getting Crazy Wild Lawyer Rich and their regional competitors cobbling together odd bedfellows in efforts to compete. We’ll see.

What’s absolutely clear is that these are golden years for those who are paid by lawyers to either finance their cases or move them in lateral blocks to other firms. And for no industry is life more peachy keen than legal funders. While it seems only moments ago that folks like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were gnashing their teeth about the subversion of justice wrought by outside capital entering litigation, those concerns have been rendered toothless by the power of Burford and the legal innovators of Adam Gerchen, Ashley Keller and Travis Lenkner. Together for a moment, and now back in their respective corners, they’ve led a billion-dollar takeover of traditional law practice that may still be in its early days.

There are many others here, as well, reflecting the global nature of legal practice and the consultants who facilitate it. From recruiters to publicists, directory mavens and technologists, we’ve assembled the best of the legal world’s consultants for our third annual look at the advisors to the world’s best lawyers.

Name Organization Location Contribution
Gerald Abila Barefoot Law Kampala, Uganda Legal Entrepreneur – Technology
Robert Algeri Great Jakes Marketing New York Marketing
Scott Atlas Atlas Counsel Search Houston Professional Recruiters
Spencer Baretz Baretz Brunelle New York Marketing
Dan Binstock Garrison & Sisson Washington, D.C. Professional Recruiters
Eric Blinderman Therium Capital New York Litigation Funding
Eilene Bloom Eilene Bloom Group New York Professional Recruiters
Christopher Bogart Burford Capital New York Litigation Funding
Amanda Brady Major, Lindsey & Africa New York Professional Recruiters
Cari Brunelle Baretz Brunelle New York Communication
Linda Bray Chanow Center for Women in Law Austin Inclusion
Allison Chock Bentham Los Angeles Litigation Funding
Adrian Chopin Bench Walk  Advisors London Litigation Funding
Silvia Coulter The Lawvision Group Manchester, UK Legal Consulting
Dan Craddock Vannin Capital London Litigation Funding
Alex D’Amico McKinsey & Co New York Management
Lanny Davis Trident DMG Washington, D.C. Crisis Communication
Jamie Diaferia Infinite Global New York Communication
Lee Drucker Lake Whillans New York Litigation Funding
Susan Dunn Harbour Litigation Funding London Litigation Funding
Kelsey Eidbo Infinite Global San Francisco Crisis Communication & Marketing
Deborah Farone Farone Advisors New York Marketing, Branding & Communication
William Farrell Longford Capital Chicago Litigation Funding
Liam Ferguson The Claro Group Los Angeles E-Discovery
Jeremy Fielding Kekst New York Crisis Communication
Andrew Frank KARV Communications New York Crisis Communication
Steven Friel Woodsford Litigation Funding London Litigation Funding
Suhrid Gajendragadkar McKinsey & Co Washington, D.C. Management
Adam Gerchen Keller Lenkner Chicago Litigation Funding
Ron Glass Glass Ratner Atlanta Crisis Turnaround
Jay Greenberg LexShares Boston Litigation Funding
Donna Greenfield Greenfield Belser Washington, D.C. Communication
Pippa Greze Pippa Greze Consulting Aldershot, UK Media – Directory Maven
James Haggerty PRCG Haggerty New York Crisis Communication
Phil Hall The PHA Group London Litigation PR
Phillip Hampton LogicForce Nashville Legal Administration Services
John Hellerman Hellerman Communications Washington, D.C. Crisis Communication
Vivian Hood Jaffe Washington, D.C. Crisis Communication & Marketing
Kay Hoppe Credentia Chicago Professional Recruiters
Marcia Horowitz Rubenstein New York Crisis Communication & Marketing
Rosemary Ioannnou Vannin Capital London Litigation Funding
Terry Isner Jaffe Washington, D.C. Crisis Communication & Marketing
Nancy Jessen UnitedLex Overland Park, Kan. Legal Services Delivery
Mark Jungers Lippman Jungers Sherman Oaks, Calif. Professional Recruiters
Karen Kaplowitz The New Ellis Group New Hope, Pa. Business Development & Management
Aaron Katz Parabellum Capital New York Litigation Funding
Jim Kearney Lake Whillans New York Litigation Funding
Ashley Keller Keller Lenkner Chicago Litigation Funding
Daniel Kidd Kidd Aitken London Media – Directory Maven
Jeremy Kroll K2 Intelligence New York Corporate Investigations
Jules Kroll K2 Intelligence New York Corporate Investigations
Travis Lenkner Keller Lenkner Chicago Litigation Funding
Sabina Lippman LIppman Jungers Sherman Oaks, Calif. Professional Recruiters
Harlan Loeb Edelman Chicago Crisis Communication
Andrew Longstreth Infinite Global New York Crisis Communication & Marketing
Vivek Maru Namati Washington, D.C. Legal Services Delivery
Ian McCaleb Levick Washington, D.C. Crisis Communication
Hugh McLernon Bentham Perth, Australia Litigation Funding
Bobbie McMorrow McMorrow Consulting Summerland, Calif. Professional Recruiters
Deborah McMurray Content Pilot Dallas Marketing & Communications
Lynn Mestel Mestel & Company New York Professional Recruiters
Jonathan Molot Burford Capital New York Litigation Funding
Ellen Moskowitz Brunswick New York Crisis Communication
Michael Nicolas Longford Capital Chicago Litigation Funding
Zach Olsen Infinite Global San Francisco Crisis Communication & Marketing
Lloyd Pearson 393 Communications Brighton, UK Media – Directory Maven
Leslie Perrin Calunius Capital London LItigation Funding
Peter Pochna Rubenstein New York Marketing & Technology
Charlie Potter Brunswick London Litigation PR
Ashish  Prasad eTera Consulting Chicago E-Discovery
Carolina Ramirez Vannin Capital New York Litigation Funding
Ian Ratner Glass Ratner Atlanta Crisis Turnaround
Melanie Riley Bell Yard London Litigation PR
Allan Ripp Ripp Media & Public Relations New York Communication
Jane Sullivan Roberts Major, Lindsey & Africa Washington Professional Recruiters
Nick Rowles-Davies Chancery Capital London Litigation Funding
Gina Rubel Furia Rubel Doylestown, Penn. Public Relations
Jaron Rubenstein Rubenstein Technology Group New York Marketing & Technology
Norm Rubenstein Zeughauser Group Washington, D.C. Management
Andrew Saker Bentham Perth, Australia Litigation Funding
Julia Salasky CrowdJustice London Legal Services Delivery
Dawn Schneider Schneider Group Media New York Media & Communications
Eric Schwarz Ernst & Young Dallas E-Discovery
Elonide Semmes Right Hat Chicago Branding & Marketing
Howard Shams Parabellum Capital New York Litigation Funding
Anita Shapiro PLI New York Continuing Legal Education
Michael Short The LawVision Group Washington, D.C. Legal Consulting
Michael Sitrick Sitrick and Company Los Angeles Crisis Communication
Mick Smith Calunius Capital London Litigation Funding
George Socha BDO Minneapolis E-Discovery
David Sugden Edelman London Litigation PR
Michael Talve The Expert Institute New York Expert Witnesses
Burton Taylor Proventus Kansas City Marketing & Communications
Mehrnaz Vahid Citi Private Bank New York Law Firm Finance
Max Volsky LexShares New York Litigation Funding
Boaz Weinstein Lake Whillans New York Litigation Funding
Mark Wells Calunius Capital London Litigation Funding
Keith  Wetmore Major, Lindsey & Africa San Francisco Professional Recruiters
Paul Williams Major, Lindsey & Africa Chicago Professional Recruiters
Katharine Wolanyk Burford Capital Chicago Litigation Funding

About the author: Katrina Dewey (katrina@lawdragon.com) is the founder and CEO of Lawdragon, which she and her partners created as the new media company for the world’s lawyers. She has written about lawyers and legal affairs for 30 years, and is a noted legal editor, creator of numerous lawyer recognition guides and expert on lawyer branding. She is based in Venice, Calif., and New York. She is also the founder of Lawdragon Campus, which covers law students and law schools. View our staff page